On the Issues with Mimi Rocah

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The legislature is scheduled to return to session today.

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First ad for Adam Schleifer for Congress

First candidate to run an ad in CD-17 for the Democrat primary.

“Gun violence” mentioned at 0:20.

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Punishing Ortiz

Following-up to Assemblyman Ortiz’s recent gun control advocacy comes this:

“The left-leaning Working Families Party will endorse progressive candidate Marcela Mitaynes in the upcoming race for Sunset Park’s assembly seat — hoping to oust Félix Ortiz, who had held the post for that past 25 years, the political organization exclusively told Brooklyn Paper …”

As with most other urban races the only way to have an impact, and punish Ortiz for pushing gun control, is to be involved in the Democrat primary.  Registered Dems out number Republicans ~9 to 1 in the district so whomever wins the primary will almost certainly win the general in November.  Running a Vote against Ortiz campaign, either by not showing up to support him, voting for Mitaynes or writing in another name, will at the very least cost him a lot of money trying to fend off his challenger.  Keeping his seat is all he cares about.  If promoting gun control forces him to put more time and effort into doing that, Ortiz may rethink whether or not is is worth it pushing the issue.

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At 11:00am today Assemblyman Felix Ortiz will join gun control advocates in announcing and discussing a package of newly introduced legislation in the LCA Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.

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Chris Fink for Congress 2A position statement

News 12 Westchester reports:

“A first-time politician hopes his experience working with local governments on infrastructure projects and the environment will propel him to a congressional win. Chris Fink is the latest candidate to announce a campaign against Rep. Eliot Engel … Fink also supports  … increased background checks to buy a gun …”

More details are on his campaign website:

“Over 33,000 Americans die every year in gun-related crimes, which is unacceptable. Every single gun owner should be required to pass a background check and we should strengthen laws to prosecute people caught with an unregistered firearms. Furthermore, we should strictly enforce our current laws as the apply to both buyers and sellers of guns. Here in New York, we need better interstate law enforcement to block the ‘iron pipeline’ which floods our state with illegal guns pouring in from states that lack strong gun laws.”

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Justin Cohen Runs on “Progressive” Issues

Kings County Politics reports:

“Challenging Stefani Zinerman, who has spent years focussing on issues germane to her neighborhood, in the race for the primarily black 56th assembly district covering Bedford-Stuyvesant and Northern Crown Heights is a progressive Crown Heights resident, Justin Cohen … He is also one of the founding members of Politicize My Death, an initiative whose shocking name demands gun law reform. Their website extends the offer for people to make a pledge that, in the case that they were victims of gun violence, their deaths could be used for political means to get gun laws changed. It also states clearly their opposition towards pro-gun lobbyists and the National Rifle Association …”

This guy gives Mimi Rocah a run for the money in the race for biggest antigun crackpot up for election in New York in 2020.

He’s a white guy running in a predominately black area so he’s clearly the underdog. However, as with all primaries, turnout will be low so it is possible he could defeat Zinerman.

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